Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Tower of Oxides

I wanted to share how I labeled my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks.  Although Ranger has a great resource page where you can print labels (& color charts) I decided I wanted the actual color & not rely on the accuracy of my printer.

I printed the names of the oxides on white cardstock & punched them out using my SU Word Window Punch.  I printed them twice so I'd have the name on each side of the ink pad.  I figured that would give me a 50/50 chance of putting them away so I could read the name...LOL.

Using a mini ink blending tool I inked each label with their corresponding color.

Once inked, I spritzed them with water so the oxide effect would be on the label.

I then attached the label using Glossy Accents.

To protect the label & seal the color, I rubbed a small amount of Tim's mirco glaze over them.

Aren't they beautiful!!


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Happy Birthday To Me!

I was lucky enough to take a class with Tim last month where he taught several techniques using the new oxides inks. This was my tag using one of the techniques which we did in last night's class, Technique Tags Tim Holtz Style at The Craft Shack.  Can you tell my birthday is this month?

The background was done by layering Tim's yummy distress oxide inks.  Smoosh the inks on a craft mat, spritz with water, drag through the inks once & dry.  Then tap into the remaining ink, dry & repeat changing your ink if necessary or adding another color.  I probably did 15 layers because each layer only covers a small area at a time.  The key is drying between layers.  Remember Tim's advice...wet on dry layers, wet on wet blends & it can create mud!

The technique is lifting the background color using a stencil & water.  Spray the stencil with water, wipe the edges of the stencil to avoid having a large strip on the background.  Lay the stencil over the tag, using a paper towel press down & blot to absorb any water in the open area.  Lift the stencil off & quickly blot off the remaining water from the tag with the paper towel.  This will lift some of the color off the tag, leaving the image of the stencil!  Isn't that cool?

It's hard to see in the photo but I think the key is lots of water on the stencil & blotting right after lifting the stencil off the tag.  Hope you give it a try!  Oh & how about that fluffy bow?  TFL!

SUPPLIES:  Surfaces-#10 manilla craft tag; Inks-distress oxides (cracked pistachio, faded jeans, fossilized amber, peeled paint, spiced marmalade, wilted violet, worn lipstick, frayed burlap), cracked pistachio paint, frayed burlap distress inkpurple twilight alcohol inkjet black arrchival; Stencils-ornate & burlap; Stamps-wildflowerscalendar 1, mini worn text, handwritten sentiments, classics #3; Misc-remnant rubsmirrored starscrinkle ribbontiny attacherclippings stickerstyped tokensdistress sprayermini blending tool.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It's A Bit Of A Tomato!

I just love fresh bruschetta so why not make a recipe card & no better time than for the May recipe card club at The Craft Shack's class.

 Maja Design "I Wish"
I selected SU Red Riding Hood for the base because it reminded me of a tomato.  I had a hard time matching the DSP until I found the plaid in the Maja Design "Summertime" Collection. From there I added the strips of paper from "I Wish" & SU Always Artichoke cut at an angle.   The letters were cut using my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut cartridge.  I used one of my favorite dies, Cheery Lynn Designs "Fanciful Flourish" for the vines & it comes in a larger version too.  The tomatoes are from 2 sets, Clear & Simple "Fresh From the Garden" & PJK Design / Cookbookin' "Eat Your Veggies".  I stamped them in Memento Rhubarb Stalk then colored them with Copics R35, R37, R39 & YG63 before fussy cutting them out.  Of course I had to add a little bling, 2 gems from my stash!

Hope you enjoyed & TFL!